Divided we fall in the Comox Valley

Dear editor,

When I moved in 1982 to the Valley it was in the midst of public meetings, discussions, assessments of amalgamation.

Dear editor,

When I moved in 1982 to the Valley it was in the midst of public meetings, discussions, assessments of whether Courtenay and Comox should be amalgamated.

Apparently this was not the first time this issue was in the public forum.

Over the past 30 years, amalgamation has come up a few times, and each time the pros and cons discussed, among them that amalgamating two town halls, staffs, planning departments, fire departments, and many other bureaucracies and works, would have meant savings to taxpayers, and our Valley as a joined force would have more political clout and impact as a unified community.

Each time, the decision was made to leave things as they were — the two communities it was said, although a couple of minutes apart, have separate identities, different demographics, community goals, and political focus.

And, most importantly it always seemed, which mayor would sacrifice their throne?

Well, here we are, now split into two separate electoral areas. Our two communities and the municipal councils, organizations, charities, and services within them now have a political nightmare ahead of them.

Not to mention what this is so going to cost us, and not just financial. Probably a lot more than amalgamation would have, I’ll bet.

Over the years many groups, politicians, and individuals have worked so hard to make us one strong, collaborative, united Valley in much of what we do here.

I truly thought that splitting us in two was such a ludicrous idea, that surely Ottawa would come to its senses. Wrong again.

L. McLean,



Just Posted

Heavy police presence at Comox Valley RV

There is a developing incident with heavy police presence at Comox Valley… Continue reading

Help the Comox Valley RCMP ‘Cram the Cruiser’ with items for the food bank

RCMP will be onsite at the Real Canadian Superstore Saturday

Transit Rider Appreciation Day Friday in the Comox Valley

Transit riders in the Comox Valley are invited to enjoy some festive… Continue reading

Police respond to alleged bear-spray threats

A number of Comox dog owners have reported their off-leash dogs being threatened with bear spray

Brent Flahr new Philadelphia Flyers assistant GM

Courtenay resident reunited with Chuck Fletcher in Philadelphia

Cannabis gift ideas for this holiday season

Put the green in happy holidays, now that cannabis is legal in Canada

Woman forcibly confined, sexually assaulted between Creston and Cranbrook

The suspect forced the woman into her vehicle before driving along Highway 3

‘I thought I was dead as soon as I saw the gun’

Keremeos gas station attendant tells story about man with gun coming to store

John murder trial at Duncan courthouse on pause until spring

John is charged with the May 2016 murder of 20-year-old Derek Descoteau

‘People talk about deep sadness:’ Scientists study climate change grief

Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes.

Senate delays start of sittings in new home, delaying start of broadcasts

The Senate and House of Commons are moving into temporary homes for the next decade as a result of long-planned and badly needed renovations to the Centre Block.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

EU leaders gather for a two-day summit, beginning Thursday, which will center on the Brexit negotiations.

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Local authorities increase death toll to three, including 13 wounded and five in serious condition

Most Read